Questions tagged [tefilin]

Also called "phylacteries": a religious object worn by Jewish men, usually during morning weekday prayers.

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tuft of hair distinguish Rashi / Tam tefillen

Why is a tuft of hair put on the tefillen allegedly to distinguish those following Rashi from those following R. Tam? Why tuft of hair at all as opposed to any other siman?
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Does tefillin marker pen have any requirements? [duplicate]

Lots of Jewish shops sell pens made for the purpose of filling in parts of your tefillin which have lost their blackness. Do you need to buy a special pen (and if so why) or is it all a con and I can ...
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The Head teffilin before the Arm teffilin - Rashi?

In Sefer Shemos perek 13:9 Rashi writes: על ידך ולזכרון בית עיניך. שֶׁתִּכְתּוֹב הַפַּרְשִׁיּוֹת הֲלָלוּ וְתִקְשְׁרֵם בְּרֹאשׁ וּבִזְּרוֹעַ:‏ That you should write these parshiyos and tie them on the head ...
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Loosening Tefillin Retzuot

BH, I recently purchased a new pair of tefillin. Does anyone have any tips for loosening new, stiff tefillin retzuot? Right now my retzuot practically cut into my skin. Over time, they will ...
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What Minhag Is This Tefillin Wrapping?

Chacham Ovadia Yosef is shown below wearing tefillin. I've never seen this style of tefillin wrapping. Is this of a particular group or minhag? "Ovadia Yosef, 2007" by Talsardar at the Hebrew ...
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

When it comes to determining the order in which different things happen, there are often rules. According to Zevachim 89a, there are two rules in particular: That which occurs more frequently takes ...
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Scoring Tefillin and Mezuzos

All Sifrei Torah I've seen have lines etched out to ensure that the Sofer writes the letters straight. (I have heard this is a Halacha l'Moshe Misinai - source?) Is this necessary for Mezuzos and ...
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Changing tefilin from left-handed to right-handed

My son's Bar Mitzvah is coming soon, and he's studying with a rabbi. When learning how to put tefilin, rabbi said that my tefilin is not good for him, because it's apparently for a left-handed person ...
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Kissing a doubtful scroll

There is a common custom to kiss a mezuzah, or at least place one's hand on it. Likewise, there is a custom to kiss Tefillin during davening and to kiss the Torah Should one kiss these objects if he ...
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

Given that Tallis and Tefillin are mitzvos given primarily to men (Kiddushin 29b), is there a beged ish issue with women wearing them? If there is, would we apply the rule of Asi Asei v'dachi Lo Sa'...
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Davening and putting on tefillin when leaving early

What are the guidelines for praying when one must leave early? For example, if one will be leaving at 6:45. נץ is 6:52 and משיכר is 6:02. What is the appropriate course of action? When can one ...
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Burial traditions and teffilin usage traditions

Was it a Jewish tradition in the First Century to bury a man with donned tefillin? I am asking since I am curious if it was possible that Jesus had donned tefillin before he was crucified, and ...
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Why split wrapping of the arm tefillin? [duplicate]

Why do we start to wrap the arm tefila, then put on the head tefila, and then complete the wrapping of the arm tefila? Why not put on the arm tefila completely and only then the head tefila (or the ...
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Should one stand while removing tefillin?

If following Ashkenazi minhag to stand while laying tefillin and saying brachot for them, is there any need to stand while removing them as well?
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Is there an issue of arrogance to wear Tfilin Rabenu Tam

I have been putting on tefilin shel Rashi for many years and a friend recently said I should start putting on Tefilin Rabenu Tam as well. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says that only the especially pious ...
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How to open tefillin

I do not have a sofer stam near me. How do you open up your tefillin's battim and insure the parshiyot inside are kosher? I suspect they are not kosher (at all), because they are a really cheap pair. ...
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Part of the brain that forms two ע

I remember reading an interesting article about the mitzvah of teffilin. They had a fascinating picture of what the front of the brain looks like . In the picture it shows that their appears to be two ...
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Wearing tefillin all day

Someone told me that people avoid wearing tefillin all day because of the fear that one might denigrate the tefillin by passing gas with the tefillin on. If someone feels that he is capable of keeping ...
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How can I keep the cover on my tefillin shel yad from falling off?

My tefillin shel yad came with a cover on it that I think is for protecting its squareness. The problem is, the cover isn't tight against the bayit, so it ends up falling off. Any simple tips to ...
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Why do tefillin cases have the פעיה“ק and תובב”א acronyms on them?

This M.Y. question explains the meaning of 2 common acronyms that appear on tefillin cases (the storage boxes that the tefillin are put into.) (see pictures below) When did this minhag begin? Why are ...
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What are the abreviations on tefillin cases?

I have seen two common abbreviations written on tefillin cases (I'm referring to the, most commonly red, cases that you put the tefillin into when you have completed wearing them): תובב"א and פעיה"ק ...
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Why are there 64 permutations of the arrangements of tefillin scrolls?

There's a story that Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin once asked the Vilna Gaon if he should wear Rabbenu Tam tefillin, to which the Gaon replied that to cover all doubts one would have to wear 64 pairs a day. ...
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Tefilin Rabbeinu Tam why don't we all do it? [duplicate]

Why is Tefilin not a safek doraisa to require us to put on both rashi and rabbeinu Tam do to safek? Why aren't people machmir?
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Why do we only put on tefillin once a day?

I have heard it said (but have no source) that the obligation to wear tefillin covers the entire day, and that people used to actually wear their tefillin all day long. (Various passages that I have ...
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Wearing tefillin during mincha, would someone get a mitzvah for it?

let's say someone would have tefillin on him during mincha shemona esrei. Would he get a mitzvah for during so? Would that be allowed?
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Wearing tefillin during a bris that comes out on Rosh Chodesh

Generally people don't wear tefillin after musaf on Rosh Chodesh. There is a discussion in the poskim (which mainly seems to be among the mekubalim) if one would wear tefillin on Rosh Chodesh during ...
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Painting Tefillin when you can't Talk

Say you hold that you can't talk in between putting on the Tefillin Shel Yad and the Tefillin Shel Rosh. Right before you put on your Tefillin Shel Rosh, you notice that it has to be painted in a spot ...
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Allowed to change Tefillin minhag?

So is it allowed to change the way/minhag you wrap your Tefillin? Because I want to wrap my Tefillin on the the temani way, but I follow another tradition. Would that be any problem if I changed the ...
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Sephardim saying Al Mizvas Tefillin beracha?

Is there any sephardim that say the "Al Mitzvas Tefillin" beracha for the Tefillin shel Rosh? Are they allowed to say a beracha for it? I am asking because in this video, which demonstrates how to ...
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How do we understand the vessel with a חלל טפח protecting tefillin?

The Oruch HaShulchan O Ch 43 (13) writes that one can put ones tefillin on the floor if they are in a bag which has a חלל טפח. He refers to מגן אברהם סעיף קטן י"ג וסעיף קטן י"ד . צריך דווקא כלי ...
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Vishnitz Minhagim [closed]

Recently I found out that before the war, my grandfather was in the court of the Vishnitz Chassidim. Naturally I now want to find out what some of the Vishnitz minhagim are such as: What Nusach is ...
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Brachah on Tying Tefillin knots

Is there a brachah that should be said before tying knots on the tefillin shel yad and rosh, similar to way there is in Gemara a brachah before tying tzitzis? (The brachah is ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך ...
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How many ways are there to wrap the Tefillin Shel Yad?

Can you guys please lists all the ways that the Tefillin Shel Yad can/are wrapped, because I think there was more than 10 ways how to wrap it. And could guys (if you can) explain the origins of each ...
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are double rosh tefillin knots kosher?

I recently inherited an older tefillin. It has two double square knots for the rosh straps, head. These join to form a circle like this image. What does the dual knot symbolize? Is that kosher? ...
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Tefillin shel rosh first?

So the RaMBaM put on his tefillin shel rosh on his head before his tefillin shel yad, and Josephus also says that he puts on his tefillin shel rosh first. Why did they do that? Is that even allowed ...
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Why must one recite any scripture while donning Rabbe'inu Tam tephillin?

The Mishnah Berurah (Oraḥ Ḥayim 25:4, s.q. 14) clarifies that the reason one must be careful while reciting Shema' Yisra'el (and the 'Amidah) to also don tephillin is so as not to appear as a false ...
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Head tefillin - how serious is it when the divisions between the individual scrolls are split?

Gemoro Menachos 35a R. Huna said, As long as the surface of the sides(19) of the tefillin is whole they are valid. R. Hisda said, If two [sides](20) were split they are still valid; but if ...
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Is Tefillin worn during the Three Weeks of Tammuz?

BS''D The Three Weeks are 3 weeks in Tammuz leading up to Tisha B'Av. During those weeks we add Selichos to our morning and afternoon prayers. My question is this: do we wear tefillin during these ...
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Brachah on Tefillin, Mezuzah, and Terumah [closed]

When sitting in the Sukkah, we make a brachah of "leishev baSukkah," reflective of the passuk of "basukkos teishvu shiv'as yamim" (Vayikra 23). Similarly, when putting up a ma'akeh, we make a brachah ...
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Is there a reason for putting on tefillin in a different room?

In many places where I have davened I have observed people (apparently intentionally) putting on their tallis and tefillin in a different room from where davening takes place. I have seen this even ...
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Drinking while wearing Tefillin?

Is one allowed to drink (coffee) while wearing Tefillin? Or for that matter, any other drink.
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Machine Made and Hand Made Tefillin Batim

Nowadays a person can buy tefillin batim (the leather boxes that house the parshiyos) that were made by a machine or made completely by hand. What is the difference exactly and what is the advantage ...
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What criteria are used to establish the shul's minhag re Hol Hamo'ed tefillin wearing?

Follow up to this answer. The Mishnah Berurah refers to the shul's minhag. While on vacation, I entered a shul carrying my tefillin bag. In the shul, I saw 6 people wearing tefillin, one of them was ...
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Davening musaf alone on Rosh Chodesh

Normally on Rosh Chodesh, people in most shuls I've seen take off their tefillin after kaddish, but don't wrap them. This is also what Artscroll nusach Ashkenaz says. What about if you daven alone ...
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Shul segregation during chol hamoed

Over Pesach and Sukkos, it is common to find segregated minyanim in which those who wear tefilin sit in one section while those who do not sit in another, or completely separate services for both. ...
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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

Background: There seems to be a popular movement amongst those who wear tephilin on Chol Hamoed to leave them on until after krias hatora on the second (first, in the Diaspora) day of Chol Hamoed ...
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Where can I purchase tefillin according to the Temani/Rambami shitah?

Not just tefillin made of gewil (i.e. גויל - unsplit hide), but with the shin that goes all the way to the bottom of the bayith? Is there any source for purchasing such tefillin?
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Davening jacket that fits over tefillin

I try to wear a jacket while davening, which is usually not problematic during Minchah and Ma'ariv or Shabbat and Yom Tov. However, during Shacharit, it becomes somewhat difficult, as I try to wear my ...
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Why do tefilin have so many mitzvot in itself?

I heard from someone and read through some books that the mitzvah of tefilin sum up to 8. While in general we know that every good deed or commandment we observe is a single mitzvah, why is tefilin ...
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Are Arizal tefillin kosher for Chabad Chassidim?

Is it okay for a Chabad Chassid to wear Nusach Arizal tefillin that are not Chabad tefillin?